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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Redesigning economics for ecological realism: 3 areas of advancement

Redesigning economics for ecological realism: 3 areas of advancement | real utopias | Scoop.it

Economics as we know it today is broken. Unable to explain, to predict or to protect, it is need of root-and-branch replacement. Or, to borrow from Alan Greenspan, it is fundamentally “flawed”. But where do we look for inspiration in facilitating what is the mother of all paradigm shifts? Interestingly, the most insightful and strikingly innovative ideas are coming from all directions other than the economics profession. Ecology offers the insight that the economy is best understood as a complex adaptive system.

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NewEconomyCardDeck Wiki

NewEconomyCardDeck Wiki | real utopias | Scoop.it

The New Economy Card Deck is intended to allow everyone, regardless of prior expertise or familiarity, to play with the kinds of thinking that is going on between transformational economists who are looking closely and critically at our existing economic paradigm and exploring both small tweaks and wholesale alternatives.

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China wakes up to innovation - FT.com

China wakes up to innovation - FT.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
Will the cure for autism be discovered in China? A decade ago this would have been a preposterous question. But today people such as Wang Jian, a genetic researcher with a liking for cargo pants, believe the answer could be yes.
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11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader

11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader | real utopias | Scoop.it
Being likeable will help you in your job, business, relationships, and life. I interviewed dozens of successful business leaders for my last book, to determine what made them so likeable and their companies so successful. All of the concepts are simple, and yet, perhaps in the name of revenues or the bottom line, we often lose sight of the simple things - things that not only make us human, but can actually help us become more successful. Below are the eleven most important principles to integrate to become a better leader:
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Alternatives to Capitalism | Professor Richard D. Wolff

Alternatives to Capitalism | Professor Richard D. Wolff | real utopias | Scoop.it

The worsening social pains of government austerity programs now intensify the vast social suffering caused by the crisis since 2007. Beyond this especially severe business cycle, longer-term trends show capitalist mega-corporations moving blue and white collar work to lower wage regions far from the former centers of capitalist production (US and western Europe especially). Profit and competition prompt such relocations. Modern telecommunications enable supervision of far-away factories, offices, and stores almost as easily as those nearby. In the US, what capitalist corporations began decades ago, abandoning urban centers like Detroit, Cleveland, and so on, is now being extended nationally.

 

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DC Comics to Tackle Occupy Wall Street ... One Year Too Late - Big Hollywood

DC Comics to Tackle Occupy Wall Street ... One Year Too Late - Big Hollywood | real utopias | Scoop.it
DC Comics is going where the mainstream media tried so desperately to go last year--attempting to prop up the all but dead Occupy Wall Street movement.
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Watch: First Trailer for Michel Gondry's Noam Chomsky Documentary

Watch: First Trailer for Michel Gondry's Noam Chomsky Documentary | real utopias | Scoop.it

If the first French trailer for Mood Indigo is any indicator, we're going to get something truly unique and mesmerizing from director Michel Gondry this year. And in addition, a project that the French filmmaker has been working on for years is finally, but slowly, being unveiled. Back in December of 2010, Gondry said he wasworking on animated documentary about American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, and political activist, Noam Chomsky. Now it's been titled Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? and will be screening to the public for free at MIT on February 12th. In addition, the first trailer featuring a series of interviews with audio placed over an animated backdrop has been released, and it's pretty trippy. Watch it!

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Which countries are the most forward thinking? See it visualised

Which countries are the most forward thinking? See it visualised | real utopias | Scoop.it
Germany is the most forward thinking country in the world, knocking the UK off the top spot, according to the Future Orientation Index. See the results mapped
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Oman raises minimum wage to avert future protests

Oman raises minimum wage to avert future protests | real utopias | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Oman's parliament, the Shura Council, approved a much higher minimum wage and curbs on the employment of foreigners on Saturday, aiming to prevent joblessness again becoming a source of anger for Omani citizens.

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Did the Norwegians have a revolution?

Did the Norwegians have a revolution? | real utopias | Scoop.it

For the better part of a century, some visionaries have been trying to break out of the dominant belief that there are only two means of forcing change: reform through elections and revolution through violence. The rigidity of that binary choice still strangles thinking today.

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Noam Chomsky "Public Education and The Common Good"

Noam Chomsky addressed more than 800 students at East Stroudsburg University on February 7, 2013. Mr. Chomsky gives to us an eloquent historical, present and...
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LRB · Immanuel Wallerstein · The Albatross of Racism: Europe’s oldest disgrace

LRB · Immanuel Wallerstein · The Albatross of Racism: Europe’s oldest disgrace | real utopias | Scoop.it

More than a year ago I was invited to speak on ‘Social Science in an Age of Transition’ in Vienna. I was happy to accept. Vienna had a glorious role in the building of world social science, in the era of Traum und Wirklichkeit (1870-1930), especially. It was Freud’s home, until he was forced to flee to London, and also, for an important part of their lives, Schumpeter’s and Polanyi’s, in my view the two most important political economists of the 20th century. It was to this Vienna that I was going.

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A New Era: From Occupation to Workers' Control

A New Era: From Occupation to Workers' Control | real utopias | Scoop.it
This week, Strike Debt tweeted out triumphantly: “It’s a new era. First machine fired up at worker owned factory. #NewEraWindowsandDoors”. For those of us who’ve been following news about the Chicago factory formerly known as Republic Windows and Doors, this was the culmination of years of struggle. It’s an exciting moment, and a victory which hopefully can inspire other factories across the country.
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Hawken Calls for Clear Message - Axiom News

Hawken Calls for Clear Message - Axiom News | real utopias | Scoop.it

BLJC’s An Inspired Future event, held Wednesday in Toronto, engaged about 350 business professionals from various sectors in a discovery of opportunities and innovations around restorative business practices. The keynote speaker was Paul Hawken, a renowned environmentalist, entrepreneur and author who helped to inspire Hicks’ sustainability vision and mission for BLJC years ago with his book, The Ecology of Commerce.

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Noam Chomsky urges ESU students to unite for change | PoconoRecord.com

Noam Chomsky urges ESU students to unite for change | PoconoRecord.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

In a country where the common attitude seems to be "every man for himself," students need to band together to fight for their education among other public programs, said Noam Chomsky as he addressed more than 800 students at East Stroudsburg University on Wednesday.

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"The Devil Pays Nada": Occupy Wall Street Protests Fashion's Intern Abuse - ARTINFO

"The Devil Pays Nada": Occupy Wall Street Protests Fashion's Intern Abuse - ARTINFO | real utopias | Scoop.it

This season, activists will join the throngs of journalists, bloggers, designers, models, and celubutantes participating in the three-ring circus of New York Fashion Week. Over the weekend of February 8th to February 10th, Intern Labor Rights, a sub-committee of Occupy Wall Street’s Arts and Labor group, will descend on Lincoln Center to oppose the use of illegal unpaid internships in the fashion industry.

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Menendez donor leveraged 'Occupy' movement to take aim at Bank of America - Daily Caller

Menendez donor leveraged 'Occupy' movement to take aim at Bank of America - Daily Caller | real utopias | Scoop.it

The wealthy Florida eye doctor linked with Sen. Bob Menendez through copious cash donations and a private jet launched an anti-capitalist “astroturf” campaign to leverage the Occupy Wall Street Movement against Bank of America.

 

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Students occupy Sussex University in protest against privatisation - The Guardian

Students occupy Sussex University in protest against privatisation - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

Students have occupied part of a university building in opposition to plans to outsource catering and estate management service

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Two inventions that have the power to transform energy use

Two inventions that have the power to transform energy use | real utopias | Scoop.it
Two very different companies have come up with innovative technologies that could transform how renewable energy and light are used
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Wind Energy - Large Scale - P2P Foundation

Wind Energy - Large Scale - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

Wind power is an example of a renewable energy source. Renewable energy is any energy that is derived from natural resources that are naturally replenished at a constant rate so are therefore never going to be depleted. Other examples include solar, wave and geothermal energy. Whilst the energy is free, what must be noted is that both the start-up costs and the conversion can be very high, especially when compared with some other sources of energy.

 
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ten key aspects of capitalism - P2P Foundation

ten key aspects of capitalism - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it
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Through the creation of so-called “externalities” (or side effects) it wreaks damage on humans as well as the ecosystem and the life support systems needed by humanity and other species. In Paul Sweezy’s words: “As far as the natural environment is concerned, capitalism perceives it not as something to be cherished and enjoyed but as a means to the paramount ends of profit-making and still more capital accumulation.”

 
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Ruddiman, W.F.: Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate (New in Paper).

Ruddiman, W.F.: Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate (New in Paper). | real utopias | Scoop.it

The impact on climate from 200 years of industrial development is an everyday fact of life, but did humankind's active involvement in climate change really begin with the industrial revolution, as commonly believed? Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum has sparked lively scientific debate since it was first published--arguing that humans have actually been changing the climate for some 8,000 years--as a result of the earlier discovery of agriculture.

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Marx, Baseball, and Rum?: 3D Printing: Possibly a Fundamental Change to the Economy?

Marx, Baseball, and Rum?: 3D Printing: Possibly a Fundamental Change to the Economy? | real utopias | Scoop.it

I'm not suggesting that there is a major shift in class structure coming immediately out of 3D printing, there will still be owners and workers, and exploitation  present,  I don't think this means the end of capitalism or anything that dramatic, in the world of 3D printing, but the key point made in the story, was one common in  classical Marxism: Ownership of the means of production in highly developed manufacturing could become much more wide spread, thus less concentrated in the hands of the very wealthy.

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Harmony and Ecological Civilization: Beyond the Capitalist Alienation of Nature :: Monthly Review

Harmony and Ecological Civilization: Beyond the Capitalist Alienation of Nature :: Monthly Review | real utopias | Scoop.it
When I consider the concept of harmony in the context of humans, their societies, and the environment I have a particular understanding of the concept.
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Book: The Ethical Economy. Rebuilding Value After the Crisis. - P2P Foundation

Book: The Ethical Economy. Rebuilding Value After the Crisis.  - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Ethical Economy (Columbia University Press), written by Adam Arvidsson in collaboration with Nicolai Peitersen, introduces to ethical economics and interprets the begin of a new, radically different economic system in which production is mainly collaborative and social, and in which the value is based on the quality of social interactions and relationships rather than on the quantity of productive time. The book however is not only made of theories. The authors’ approach, which makes everything much more interesting, is based on the need to make this paradigm to work, real projects like for example the development of a software that allows the declaration and the transparent rating of their own values, and their use in a community of reference. “ (http://openwear.org/blog/?p=1535)

 
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation